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2. Because It Started Here.

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Zuccotti Park on October 18.  

From the occupation on September 17 of an obscure park in lower Manhattan came new “Occupys” in more than 950 cities in 82 countries. A conversation that had gone nowhere for decades was finally, suddenly, engaged; the phrase “income inequality” made the jump from policy papers to the kitchen table (or at least the Internet: 11.6 million Google results since Day One, a fourfold increase over the rest of the year). And it all began amid this squalor: The drum circle may now be silent, but Zuccotti Park’s boom was heard around the world.


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